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Complainant Name:
Derek Ford

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Woman


Derek Ford complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an inaccurate, insensitive feature about his daughter, Becky, who had sadly died. The article reported Becky's death from the point of view of her partner but the complainant and his wife were not aware that the piece was to be published. The complainant was particularly concerned that the article presented a photograph of his daughter and included details about her condition - Kawasaki disease - that might have been misleading to readers.


The magazine did not accept that there had been a breach of the Code but it acknowledged the complainant's position (particularly in regard to Becky's medical condition). The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated a private letter of apology for the complainant and obtained an assurance that the story would not be sold on by the magazine in the future.

Date Published: 01/04/2010

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